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« on: September 01, 2007 02:39:26 PM »

A friend of mine has 1 bio child and adopted 4 others. She said to me, after I was semi complaining about going to the 12th baby shower in 2 years to only 4 parents (meaning they are having baby showers for every kid they have every year), that she never had a baby shower. When she had her bio child she was very ill and no one wanted to jinks it. With the adopted children no one ever thought to throw her one. So I did via USPS. Here's one of the results a cute cute baby afghan

The camera pics up the hearts more then they show by the naked eye. You really see stripes of blue and white
Then when you lay the blanket down you see this

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007 02:50:42 PM »

That is AWESOME how'd you get the hearts to show like that? First you don't see them but when you lay the balnket down BAM! there they are. I like this blanket it's awesome.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007 02:53:18 PM »

Please tell us the secret to this blanket.  It is sooooo beautiful!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007 04:00:54 PM »

That is just the sweetest thing to do for your sister! (I wasn't even invited to my sister's shower! But my mom held one for me at her house, which was great!)
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007 04:22:26 PM »

I'd venture a guess that it's done by working the white in black loops, except for the hearts... those stitches would be in the front loops? 

And yes, this blanket is awesome!  You're friend is lucky to have such thoughful friend.  Smiley
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007 01:40:07 AM »

Great job on the baby blanket Steph. The "illusion crochet" looks wonderful. Did you take a course with Darla Fanton?

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007 06:05:43 AM »

That is so sweet! He'll be loving it forever.

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2007 06:52:30 AM »

Thanks everyone. It was super easy to make I finished the blanket, which is crib sized, in about 3 days. It goes really fast. I have never taken a course, someone else I know online was playing with this technique as well, she couldn't take the course either, and sent me a graph to work with. It's very easy to achieve and probably guarded because of it's ease.
It is sc in front and back loops. You basically chain with mc, sc across in mc, return in mc sc in back loops only, then attach a cc, sc across in remaining loops from last row, on return sc in cc through both loops. My mc was blue my cc was white and what this will achieve is for the blue to pop out and the white to recede.
Then when you want an image to be hidden in the stitching you will alternate which loop to go in the back loop and which in the front. Like for the hearts basically you keep going with the mc and return, but instead of doing back loop only you sc through both loops where the heart would be, with the cc you sc in the remaining loops but through both where the heart would be on the forward pass, on the return you will sc through both loops where you want to see blue and sc inback loop only where you want to see white.
I am working on a tut for my blog may take a while though. It won't be for the hearts as someone else designed that graph so it's not mine. But, this is an easy technique to play with and figure out and one doesn't need to take a class to figure it out. If anyones done illusion knitting from a graph it's the same premise, for each row on the graph it counts as 4 rows of crocheting, 2 rows in in each color.
The name though I just graphed and in that area did sc and graphed the name right into the stitching.

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2007 01:08:06 PM »

That is absolutely amazing! I've been trying to figure out how to illusion crochet!

I cannot wait for the tutorial! I just don't get it without pictures!

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2007 01:54:07 PM »

this is so beautifull! Great job.... might be worth having a baby for

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